Philippine troops rescue ship captain kidnapped by militants
MANILA Philippine soldiers on Saturday rescued one of two Filipino cargo ship crewmen taken captive just two days ago by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants, a security official said.
VALLETTA Customs inspectors in Malta have seized more than 300 kg (660 lb) of cocaine worth millions of euros on a container ship heading from Ecuador to Spain, Maltese officials said on Thursday.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hailed the find as the biggest drugs seizure in the history of the Mediterranean island. "Well done to Customs and law enforcement authorities," he said in a tweet.
The customs department said it had discovered the cocaine stuffed in black hold-all bags in a container that was meant to be holding canned pineapple.
The unnamed ship had sailed from Ecuador and had docked at Malta Freeport. It was due to double back to Spain.
"It is estimated that the haul has a street value of tens of millions of euro," the customs department said, without giving a precise figure.
(Reporting by Chris Scicluna; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Richard Lough)
MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi forces are to deploy new tactics in a fresh push against Islamic State in Mosul, military officials said on Friday, after advances slowed in the campaign to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country.